A Leaked Sex Video Has Devastating Consequences in Sundance’s ‘Rust’

The perils of the internet are writ large in Aly Muritiba's Sundance drama. The first scene of Brazilian director Aly Muritiba's Sundance drama Rust takes place on a field trip. The main character, Tati (Tifanny Dopke), a fifteen-year-old high schooler, is visiting an aquarium with her classmates. They ogle the weird fishes. They point at the menacing sharks. They take selfies with a performer who is dressed as a mermaid. Though they're clearly having fun, it all seems to be in the service of a social media post. Prey to hordes of gawking strangers staring Continue reading "A Leaked Sex Video Has Devastating Consequences in Sundance’s ‘Rust’"

Sundance-Winning Short Film ‘Hair Wolf’: Casting High-Quality Actors and Making Your Money Back

Is Netflix the next big buyer of short films? The Hair Wolf team certainly hopes so. Imagine a world in which cultural appropriation was a virus: white people, appropriating black culture with a vampiric intent, infect black culture at large with their white-washed version of it. That's the premise of Hair Wolf, Mariama Diallo's Sundance-winning short film. Set in a reality somewhere between our own and an exaggerated, hyper-stylized sci-fi realm, Hair Wolf draws inevitable (and favorable) comparisons to Get Out— both with regards to its satirical indictment of the lenses with which Continue reading "Sundance-Winning Short Film ‘Hair Wolf’: Casting High-Quality Actors and Making Your Money Back"

How a Sundance Film Pulled Off a 90-Minute Single Take

'A Boy. A Girl. A Dream.' cinematographer Steve Holleran takes the gimbal to a whole new level with a 50-pound antigravity system. Qasim Basir's film, which recently premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in the NEXT section, is set in such recent history that it's hard to believe a movie has already been made about it. On the night of the 2017 American presidential elections, two strangers meet by chance. Over the course of the next 90 minutes, the film—shot in a single take in real-time—follows Cass (Omari Hardwick) and Frida (Meagan Good) Continue reading "How a Sundance Film Pulled Off a 90-Minute Single Take"

Infographic: Cameras and Lenses Used to Shoot Sundance 2018 Movies

We broke down the numbers. The Sundance Institute and Canon USA, an official sponsor of the Sundance Film Festival, have provided No Film School with comprehensive data on the cameras and lenses used by filmmakers screening at the 2018 festival. Of the 247 movies that provided data, only three shot on film. And there are other surprises. "I'm shocked at just how insanely dominant ARRI is over even RED," says No Film School's tech writer Charles Haine. "And the single solitary Panasonic listing is a surprise. I would've thought Varicam would Continue reading "Infographic: Cameras and Lenses Used to Shoot Sundance 2018 Movies"

‘Automatic at Sea’: Why the Hyperreal Film ‘Represents the Horror of Being Alive Right Now’

Matthew Lessner's stylish thriller 'Automatic at Sea' challenges perceptions of reality. In many ways, we are living in increasingly solipsistic times, characterized by science denial and the emphasis of one's "personal truth" (which often eclipses the objective truth). Matthew Lessner has captured this zeitgeist of unreality in his creeping film Automatic at Sea, now streaming on iTunes. In the existential thriller, a young Swedish traveler, Eve (Livia Hiselius), follows a pretentious American heir to his family's private island, where the two hole up for some old-fashioned downtime. But while at Continue reading "‘Automatic at Sea’: Why the Hyperreal Film ‘Represents the Horror of Being Alive Right Now’"

Can’t Get Enough ‘Black Mirror’? Watch These Dystopian Sci-Fi Shorts

These nine shorts will tide you over until the fifth season of Black Mirror drops. Black Mirror is not only a window into a dystopian future but also its mirror. Charlie Brooker's show is haunting precisely because it addresses ethical quandaries we already increasingly face. Dehumanization technology that makes fighting wars more palatable figured largely in "Men Against Fire," but don't we already have drone warfare? As for the individualistic, social media-obsessed world of "Nosedive"...need we say more? Below, we've compiled nine sci-fi short films that present disturbing visions of Continue reading "Can’t Get Enough ‘Black Mirror’? Watch These Dystopian Sci-Fi Shorts"

In 2017, Women Were Hired For Only 18% of Behind-the-Scenes Jobs

Just 1% of films employed 10 or more women, while 70% of films employed 10 or more men. 2017 may have been a banner year for victims of sexual assault in Hollywood, but men still aren't hiring women in the film industry, according to Dr. Martha Lauzen's annual "Celluloid Ceiling" report. The study, which Dr. Lauzen conducted for the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, analyzed 3,011 jobs among last year's 250 top-grossing films. It found that 88% of these films featured Continue reading "In 2017, Women Were Hired For Only 18% of Behind-the-Scenes Jobs"

7 Criminally Underseen Indies From 2017

You may have missed these movies, but they deserve your attention. In a market over-saturated with content, great films fall through the cracks every year. That doesn't make it any less of a crime. For our part, we've compiled a list of must-see films from 2017. Some of these are simply underrated; others garnered critical attention but were ultimately lost in the fray due to limited theatrical runs, small marketing budgets, or any number of unlucky circumstances that can befall a film in the modern age. All of these films, however, Continue reading "7 Criminally Underseen Indies From 2017"

The Boldest Risks Filmmakers Took in 2017

The stories of five audacious directors who pushed the limits of cinema this year. Risks are the lifeblood of cinema. Without venturesome directors (and the producers and companies that back them), we wouldn't enjoy the diverse array of filmmaking techniques and creative visions that abound in theaters today. Through risk-taking, directors challenge the very way we experience movies, pushing technology and artistry to its limits to deliver a cinematic experience that surpasses our wildest imaginations. Below, we've highlighted a few major risks directors took in cinema this year. Whether pertaining to Continue reading "The Boldest Risks Filmmakers Took in 2017"

Netflix’s ‘Fire Chasers’: Stunning Cinematography Amidst 100-Foot Flames

DP Steve Holleran risked smoke inhalation, heat stroke, and 2,500 degree flames to shoot the brave heroics of CAL FIRE. As raging wildfires continue to decimate California, cinematographer Steve Holleran has been anxiously following the news. He knows just how capricious these fire paths can be—just months ago, he was there on the front lines, shooting Netflix's docuseries Fire Chasers. His camera bore witness to the relentless danger CAL FIRE crews face as they battle it out with mother nature in an attempt to save California. No Film School caught up Continue reading "Netflix’s ‘Fire Chasers’: Stunning Cinematography Amidst 100-Foot Flames"

How a DP Captured the Cosmic Experience of the World’s Most Spectacular Fireworks Show

Tobias von dem Borne shot Viktor Jakovleski's film 'Brimstone & Glory' largely in slow motion with Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras and GoPros. The first shot of Viktor Jakovleski's Brimstone & Glory could be mistaken for a supernova. Actually, it's a firework exploding in slow motion, evoking the rapturous beauty and intoxicating power of the death of a star. Jakovleski's mesmerizing documentary captures the National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico, a town that is said to produce 80 percent of the fireworks for the entire country. Every year, 100,000 people descend upon Continue reading "How a DP Captured the Cosmic Experience of the World’s Most Spectacular Fireworks Show"

‘You Have to Understand the Core of Narrative’: Anthony Onah on ‘The Price’

'The Price,' directed by Anthony Onah, is the story of the pitfalls of the American dream. As many of its citizens are well aware, all American dreams are not created equal. For Seyi Ogunde (Aml Ameen), the 24-year-old first-generation Nigerian immigrant who is the protagonist of Anthony Onah's The Price, achieving the dream is an uphill battle that may cost him everything. From an outsider's perspective, Ogunde, to whom Onah lent much DNA, is an immigrant success story: He went to Harvard. He works at a high-profile financial institution. He Continue reading "‘You Have to Understand the Core of Narrative’: Anthony Onah on ‘The Price’"

Indies, Rejoice! This New Grant Awards $25,000 to Narratives in Development

SFFILM has announced the Westridge Grant, awarded twice annually to independent narrative features. This morning, SFFILM announced an exciting new development resource for independent filmmakers in the U.S. The SFFILM / Westridge Grants, aimed at independent narrative feature films, will award four to five grants of $20,000–$25,000 each spring and fall. The first application period is now open through February 2018. The new grant was created to support the screenwriting and development phases of U.S.-based films that focus on what SFFilm describes as "significant social issues and questions Continue reading "Indies, Rejoice! This New Grant Awards $25,000 to Narratives in Development"

Indies, Rejoice! This New Grant Awards $25,000 to Narratives in Development

SFFILM has announced the Westridge Grant, awarded twice annually to independent narrative features. This morning, SFFILM announced an exciting new development resource for independent filmmakers in the U.S. The SFFILM / Westridge Grants, aimed at independent narrative feature films, will award four to five grants of $20,000–$25,000 each spring and fall. The first application period is now open through February 2018. The new grant was created to support the screenwriting and development phases of U.S.-based films that focus on what SFFilm describes as "significant social issues and questions Continue reading "Indies, Rejoice! This New Grant Awards $25,000 to Narratives in Development"

With New Service ‘Drip,’ Kickstarter Aims to Make Filmmaking More Sustainable

Kickstarter’s new tool allows creators to fund and build community around their ongoing projects. "Kickstarter is for projects; Drip is for people." That's Kickstarter's tagline for Drip, its new service, launching today. Built as a tool to empower "serial online content creators" on an ongoing basis, Drip enables filmmakers to receive sustained support from their audiences. In return, filmmakers open the door to their processes, allowing subscribed audience members direct access to notes from production, in-progress cuts, and a system of rewards. Filmmakers decide whether to charge subscribers on either a Continue reading "With New Service ‘Drip,’ Kickstarter Aims to Make Filmmaking More Sustainable"

With New Service ‘Drip,’ Kickstarter Aims to Make Filmmaking More Sustainable

Kickstarter’s new tool allows creators to fund and build community around their ongoing projects. "Kickstarter is for projects; Drip is for people." That's Kickstarter's tagline for Drip, its new service, launching today. Built as a tool to empower "serial online content creators" on an ongoing basis, Drip enables filmmakers to receive sustained support from their audiences. In return, filmmakers open the door to their processes, allowing subscribed audience members direct access to notes from production, in-progress cuts, and a system of rewards. Filmmakers decide whether to charge subscribers on either a Continue reading "With New Service ‘Drip,’ Kickstarter Aims to Make Filmmaking More Sustainable"

‘Thelma’: Joachim Trier on Shooting the Norwegian ‘Carrie’ on Cinemascope

Joachim Trier's erotic 'Thelma' combines Hollywood spectacle with character-driven nuance. When we interviewed Joachim Trier last year about his film Louder than Bombs, we wrote that the Norwegian auteur has the ability to transcend cinema by infusing naturalism with deep poetry. Now, he's taken things one step further. The beguiling Thelma, in theaters now, is unlike any of Trier's previous films. Trier told No Film School he built his story from grandiose set pieces in order to bring his character-driven approach to a Hollywood spectacle. The result is a nuanced Continue reading "‘Thelma’: Joachim Trier on Shooting the Norwegian ‘Carrie’ on Cinemascope"

‘Thelma’: Joachim Trier on Shooting the Norwegian ‘Carrie’ on Cinemascope

Joachim Trier's erotic 'Thelma' combines Hollywood spectacle with character-driven nuance. When we interviewed Joachim Trier last year about his film Louder than Bombs, we wrote that the Norwegian auteur has the ability to transcend cinema by infusing naturalism with deep poetry. Now, he's taken things one step further. The beguiling Thelma, in theaters now, is unlike any of Trier's previous films. Trier told No Film School he built his story from grandiose set pieces in order to bring his character-driven approach to a Hollywood spectacle. The result is a nuanced Continue reading "‘Thelma’: Joachim Trier on Shooting the Norwegian ‘Carrie’ on Cinemascope"